DOING IT FOR CHARITY

Prog in the Park

It’s been a while since I have updated this site and please excuse me for this. What happened was straight after the successful Prog in the Park (PITP) indoor Prog Rock festival, I celebrated my 50th birthday 2 days later. Then I was down in Manchester for a MacMillan Cancer Support conference.

Then the next week it was a matter of sending the cheques for the money raised to the charities. The money raised came to £3,380.84. So Maggie’s Centre’s and Sarcoma UK both received a cheque for the value of £1,690.82. Thank you everyone who was there for helping us raise that total.

Both these charities mean quite a bit to me. The charity Maggie’s, has been good to myself and Kirsty. It was in January – February 2012 when I had my first set of 30 radiotherapy treatments at The Edinburgh Cancer Centre Western General Hospital. Then in January – February 2016, I had the second course of 30 radiotherapy treatments. Again at The Edinburgh Cancer Centre Western General Hospital and Maggie’s, was there for me. The advice I received from the charity was excellent. 

Then later in 2016, I was an inpatient at the Victoria Hospice Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy, on two separate occasions. The first time for 17 nights and the second time for 14 nights. There would be times that I would drop in at Maggie’s Fife for a coffee and read of the newspapers.

I found out in November 2015 that the ‘tumour from hell” was Malignant Myopericytoma and the tumour is in the sarcoma group of cancers. So these two charities were chosen to raise much needed funds and awareness. One of Sarcoma UK’s staff, Enda came up from London to be at Prog in the Park. Enda spent a lot of time at PITP interviewing myself, Kirsty, some mates and some band members for a podcast about how I have been coping. This podcast will be ready in early June. I will of course post a link for it.

THE COVER FOR THE SAILOR AND THE MERMAID

The Sailor and the Mermaid

Joe Cairney is the vocalist with Scottish Progressive Rock bands; Comedy of Errors and Grand Tour

Joe had a 30 year career with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and he was a Watch Commander. Now doing his bit the great cause; The Firefighters Charity, Joe and Friends have released the track The Sailor and the Mermaid.

I was made aware of the great work by The Firefighters Charity when I was still working as an Area Organiser for UNISON Scotland. Before taking ill health retirement, I spent some time working with The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) UNISON Branch. 

What struck me with this charity was how all grades working for SFRS were committed to The Firefighters Charity. I can always remember asking a member based in Inverness when I asked her and her colleagues,“so what are you doing at the weekend then?”. Some said they were working, some said going out and one young woman said very casually, “I’m doing a parachute jump on Sunday for The Firefighters Charity”.

The Sailor and the Mermaid was written by Michel St-Pere from Canadian band Mystery and was from their album “Beneath The Veil Of Winters Face”. Joe say’s “I chose to record this track using various musician friends from all over the world as I love it and it’s my all time favourite song”.

Joe goes onto saying, I’m raising money for the Firefighters Charity as it’s a something very close to my heart. I was in the fire service for nearly thirty years and the only source of income they get is through charitable donations from firefighters.” “Every single penny raised will go to the charity as there are no overheads except for the cut that Bandcamp take for making the track available for download.”

Joe finishes by saying, “I hope you enjoy my version of this great track and that you will send the link to many friends so we can raise as much money as possible for the Firefighters Charity.”

“Many thanks again for your purchase,” Joe.

I bought my copy of The Sailor and the Mermaid on Friday when I first came across it. Please help Joe raise funds so the excellent work carried out by The Firefighters Charity can continue. The money raised by this charity mostly comes from firefighting staff across the UK, they receive no funds or grants. So please help Joe by downloading this song it at:

https://joecairneyandfriends.bandcamp.com/releases

Prog in the Park 2.0 – 04 April 2020

The developmental stages for next years Prog in the Park (PITP) are at an advanced stage. So far the date has been set, the venue has been booked, the PA is booked and one band has already been announced on the social media sites. Rush tribute band, Clockwork Angels will be playing a 2 hour set of songs from the bands impressive 40 years career.

Next years event is called: Prog in the Park 2.0 and it is on Saturday 4th April 2020. Once again, the venue is The Glen Pavilion Pittencrieff Park Dunfermline KY12 8HQ and it starts at 11:00 and finishes around 23:00. PITP 2.0 is in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. This is a charity that myself and my family have had support from in the past and I appreciated the level of support they gave me.

I am delighted to announce that The Scottish Pink Floyd have agreed to be on the bill for PITP 2.0. The Glasgow based Scottish Pink Floyd are an 9-piece band covering all eras of floyd and are dedicated to perfecting their sound with each and every show. Celebrating the music of Pink Floyd in a way that will satisfy even the die hard fans.

I will be announcing at the end of this week our first original band that has been booked. The ‘wee stage’ is also making a return and Prog artist, the talented Charlie Roy is also returning. I have also been asked to look for a trader that you usually find at record fayres etc. I will of course keep you all updated on that.

Social media played a big part on the promotion of PITP, so I have set up the following social media sites to keep everyone updated with whats happening etc:

Facebook: Prog in the Park 2.0

Twitter: @prog_2

YouTube: Prog in the Park 2.0

Instagram: prog_in_the_park_2.0

Email: proginthepark2.0

I am also working on a web site and I will let you all know when this will go live. Please keep checking for regular updates on either: PITP 20 or One of Fifteen

Best wishes, Kevin

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